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This is a guide to each clubs ride rating system.
Scroll down to each clubs method of interpreting the rating system.
Each club uses a different system and getting every club to agree on a standard is not going to be possible given the independent nature of cyclists. So determine what club is sponsoring the ride from the Ride Calendar and come here for a detailed explanation of the rating. (Ratings courtesy (??) of the each club).
Example: A ride rated at 3-B-29 is a 29 mile ride over rolling hills at moderate pace.
* Mountain bike rides are not rated with this system.
All rides graded according
to predicted difficulty as follows:
For example: A ride rated as 3-M, 25 miles, should have some moderate grades which may challenge the average rider, have a pace of 11-16 MPH, and be about 25 miles long.
Out of consideration to the
other riders, if you are uncertain about your ability to complete a particular
ride, please check with the ride leader to determine whether you should
ride on a particular ride.
Out of consideration to the other riders, if you are uncertain about your ability to complete a particular ride, please check with the ride leader to determine whether you should ride on a particular ride.
Always bring adequate water and food
Our ride calendar rates each ride according to pace, terrain, and distance, so that you can pick a ride that meets your needs. We have four riding paces-leisurely ('L'), touring ('T'), moderate ('M'), and brisk ('B'), and five terrain ratings with "1" being flat and "5" very hilly.
Anyone is welcome on the rides; reservations are encouraged to facilitate carpooling, but not required unless stated. Most of our members wear helmets, and we strongly encourage everyone to wear ANSI or SNELL-approved helmets. Persons under the age of 18 are required by law to wear a helmet. (Helmets are required on the Century.)
Many of our local rides start at a BART station to promote the use of public transit. Even if the ride doesn't start at a BART station, it is a handy way home in case of weather changes, mechanical problems, or rider fatigue.
A 30% chance of rain or showers will probably cancel the ride. If the weather looks doubtful on the morning of the ride, please call the ride leader.
Following is an explanation
of our ride rating system:
HILLINESS RATING (1-4):Indicates elevation gain as expressed in feet per mile with 1 being mostly flat. The hillier the ride, the slower the average ride speed. If you are unaccustomed to judging ride difficulty based on the number of feet of climb, or if the ride description is unclear about the amount of climbing, call the ride leader for advice and/or additional information.
MILEAGE ESTIMATES: Mileage is approximate and has been known to vary depending on weather and group composition.
RIDE RATING EXAMPLE: "C/2/35" indicates a ride of approximately 35 miles, with 900 to 1700 feet of climb, ridden at an average speed of 13 mph.
AVERAGE SPEEDS (MPH) FOR DIFFERENT RIDE CATEGORIES & HILLINESS RATINGS
CHOOSING YOUR RIDE CATEGORY: The table above indicates average speeds for rides with different hilliness ratings in categories A though F. If you are a new rider, the speeds in your category may seem low because you know you can ride faster at times. Remember, however, that the numbers represent the average speed for the entire ride. Don't attempt rides significantly beyond your level of experience. If you are taking your first club ride, err on the conservative side.
If you are unsure in which category to ride on hilly rides (hilliness ratings of 3 or 4), time yourself climbing Old La Honda Rd. and compare your time with the time range listed below for your ride category. If your time is within the range, you can feel comfortable in riding with that group on hilly rides:
B(40-60 minutes), C(30-40), D(25-30), E(20-25), F(<20)
If your time is higher or lower, you should consider riding with the next faster or slower category. If you choose to ride outside your category, you should neither push the pace of the group (in the case of a faster rider) nor expect the group to wait for you at the top of the hill (in the case of a slower rider).
WEATHER CONSIDERATIONS: Rides on pavement may be canceled if rain seems likely during the ride. If in doubt, call the ride leader.
RECOMMENDED EQUIPMENT: As needed, please try to bring basic tools, sunglasses and sunscreen, water bottles, food or food money, a first-aid kit, phone change, "layered", clothing, etc. Bright clothing is recommended.
MOUNTAIN BIKES: Rides are rated by pace (A, B ,C, D, E, F), technical difficulty (EASY, INT, DIFF, EXT), total mileage, and approximate elevation gain. Rides will be canceled by rain at the time or within the 48-hour period prior to the ride. Other severe weather may also cancel rides. Call to confirm with the ride leader if you are unsure. HELMETS ARE REQUIRED FOR ALL RIDES. Please be prepared for the ride (make sure your bike is in working order, bring appropriate tools, food, water, clothing, etc.). All riders will need to sign a waiver before every ride. Minors need a parent or guardian with them to sign the release.
MENLO PARK REC. CENTER (Burgess Park) is between Alma and Laurel St. on Mielke Dr. (near Ravenswood Ave.) in Menlo Park. Meet on Alma side unless otherwise specified.
PALO ALTO CULTURAL CENTER is on Newell Rd just north of Embarcadero Rd in Palo Alto. Meet behind buildings in parking lot.
SHOUP PARK is in Los Altos on University near Main off the Foothill Exp'way.
WOODSIDE GRADE SCHOOL (the EX-TOWN HALL) is on the south side of Hwy84 (Woodside Rd), about 1/4 mile west of Caņada Rd in Woodside. (NOT to be confused with NEW Woodside Town Hall about 1/8 mile east of Caņada Rd). Park in lot at Whiskey Hill and Woodside Road when school is in session.
HELMETS ARE REQUIRED ON ALL RIDES! (per Club policy and also just a good idea.) FOR INSURANCE REASONS ONLY MEMBERS MAY LEAD RIDES
Diablo Cyclists - Ride Schedule, call the Diablo Cyclist's Hotline at (510) 274-DIAB and leave a voice mail message and someone will get back to you as soon as possible.
A=All (Good for Road or Mtn. Bikes), M=Mountain, R=Road
F=Flat, R=Rollers (elev<250 ft), MH=Moderate Hills (elev 250-750ft), H=Hilly (elev >750ft)
R=Relaxed (<12mph), S=Slow (12-15mph), M=Moderate (15-18mph), B=Brisk (>18mph)
ROMP - Mountain Bike Ride Ratings
At the start of the listing for each ride is a code that signifies the rides rating. The code breaks down to pace / technical difficulty / mileage / approximate elevation gain.
A-very easy pace, frequent regroups,
wait for riders.
Technical Difficulty is based on the hardest significant portion of the ride. If a ride is 10 miles fire road but 1 mile singletrack, the ride would be rated based on the singletrack.
EASY - Smooth singletrack or fire road. Obstacles such as rocks and roots might exist but are not numerous.
INTermediate - Steep, rutted fire road; singletrack with extended sections that can include medium or large rocks and roots; stream crossings; exposure; long singletrack descents.
DIFFicult - Singletrack with very steep and/or rocky sections; narrow trails; exposed side slopes; downhill-side-sloped sections.
EXTreme - Singletrack with extended steep climbs or descents over rough terrain; many tight switchbacks and turns. Portions may require portage.
So, a code of C/INT/12/1500 works out to be an intermediate pace, intermediate technical difficulty, roughly 12 miles of riding and 1500' of climbing.Rides will be canceled by rain at the time or within the 48-hour period prior to the ride. Other severe weather may also cancel rides. Call to confirm with the ride leader if you are unsure.
HELMETS ARE REQUIRED FOR ALL ROMP RIDES. Please be prepared for the ride (make sure your bike is in working order, bring appropriate tools, food, water, clothing, etc.). All riders will need to sign a waiver before every ride. Minors need a parent or guardian with them to sign the release. If you want to see the waiver, we have it online in Microsoft Word and Adobe Acrobat PDF format.
You do not need to be a member of ROMP or any other group to participate in the rides (unless it notes specifically in the ride listing). Nor is there a charge for any ride (once again, unless it lists specifically otherwise), though there may be charges instituted by others (e.g. parking or park entrance fees) and you may want to bring money for food stops. We try to note these other expenses/food stops in the ride listing.
Any questions? Feel free to contact Cathy Ott, ROMP's ride coordinator, at (650)968-2146 or OTT2GO@aol.com.
Sacramento Bike Hikers
Terrain Elevation Represented by an alpha letter.
A - Steep - Mostly steep grades:
strong riders only.
However, ride leaders are encouraged to arrange regroup points on the route to allow riders to stay together. Riders on "No Sweep" rides are encouraged to ride together and check with stopped riders to see if they need assistance. Ride leaders will still check to make sure everyone returns safely.
The following grading system
is used to estimate the degree of difficulty of each ride.
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